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  • A Safe and Small New Year


    With record numbers being treated for COVID-19 at Bedford Hospital, residents are asked to play their part this New Year’s Eve by staying home and enjoying a safe and small New Year.

    Following central government’s decision to place Bedford Borough into Tier 4 before Christmas, with cases in the Borough rising and now over 600 cases per 100,000, the highest recorded, and over 100 people in Bedford Hospital being treated for COVID-19 it is more important than ever that residents d...

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  • Recycle Your Christmas Tree


    After the Christmas celebrations are over and all the decorations are down, if you cannot plant your real Christmas tree in the garden, don’t forget to recycle it.

    Over 14 tonnes of real Christmas trees were collected from the Council’s collection points across Bedford Borough last year; make sure yours is one of the lucky ones sent for composting.

    Real Christmas trees can be dropped off at one our Christmas tree recycling sites between Thursday 31 December and Monda...

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  • Council, Emergency Services and Volunteers Visiting Households After Floods


    Around 1300 households were visited ahead of the floodwater’s arrival to alert communities to the flood warning and the danger it represented.

    Early estimates suggested that around 40 properties in the Borough were impacted with floodwater entering properties.

    With a number of the flood warnings and road closures now lifted, Council officers, emergency services and volunteers will be visiting the households within affected communities to gather information on the impact...

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  • Severe Flood Warning No Longer In Force

    The Environment Agency has lifted the severe flood warning that was in place covering the Great Ouse through Bedford.

    The Environment Agency have advised that while high levels on the river are expected to remain over coming days we are not expecting levels like we saw passing through yesterday and today.

    As a result, the emergency assistance centre at Bedford International Athletic Stadium has been stood down while the centre at Bromham Village Hall was stood down yesterda...

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  • Floodwater levels continue to be monitored as peak water level passes Bedford

    With flood warnings still in place for the River Great Ouse, Bedford Borough Council and partners including Bedfordshire Police, Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue and volunteer groups are continuing to monitor the situation as the floodwater levels have peaked at Bedford and move through the villages to the east of Bedford.

    If you live in this part of the Borough and have been contacted and advised to leave your home due to the threat of flooding, and you can do so safely, emergency ser...

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  • Significant Levels of Floodwater Expected in Bedford

    With flood warnings in place for the River Great Ouse and river levels rising, Bedford Borough Council, Bedfordshire Police and Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue are warning of significant levels of floodwaters to impact Bedford and other parts of the Borough.

    If you have been contacted and advised to leave your home due to the threat of flooding, and you can do so safely, emergency services and the local authority are strongly encouraging you to do so.

    For this purpose, if the...

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  • Flood Warnings Declared for the River Great Ouse

    River levels are rising and flood warnings have been declared for the River Great Ouse. Residents at risk of flooding are being contacted directly and being advised to take measures to keep themselves safe, with widespread flooding expected.

    For this purpose, individuals are permitted to go to other people’s homes, despite the Tier Four COVID-19 regulations currently in place.

    Before evacuating, be sure to turn off gas, water and electricity and move any valuables upstairs....

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  • Flooding in North Bedfordshire

    There is widespread flooding in areas across North Bedfordshire and surrounding counties, with roads closed in a number of locations following heavy and persistent rainfall. 

    Bedford Borough Council, the Police and the Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to stay at home (where it is safe to do so) and to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.

    The Council’s Highways and Resilience teams, together with Bedfordshire Police, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue and local f...

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  • Residents urged to follow restrictions to stop COVID-19 spread over the Christmas Period

    Local Authorities, Bedfordshire Police and health bosses in Bedfordshire and Luton have joined up to urge residents to ‘play their part’ and abide by Tier 4 restrictions over the Christmas period, following a steep rise in new Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions in the area.

    Tier 4 restrictions mean that residents in Bedfordshire and Luton must stay at home, apart from limited exceptions. Within Tier 4 people cannot meet indoors with people from other households, including over th...

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  • Business Support Grants for Local Businesses

    With the announcement that Bedford Borough will enter Tier Three- Very High Alert Level from Saturday 19 December, businesses that are required to close will be receiving a business support grant.

    These grants are set and funded by the Government at a national level and administered by the local council.

    If your business received a grant from the Council due to the recent national lockdown because your business was required to close, and your business is required to close a...

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